Liam Guthrie leaks 70 runs in a BBL game, joins Basil Thampi in an unwanted list

The Gabba witnessed a high-scoring competition between the Stars and the Heat on December 27.

Basil Thampi and Liam Guthrie
Basil Thampi and Liam Guthrie. (Photo by Will Russell – CA / Cricket Australia via Getty Images)

Brisbane Heat pacemaker Liam Guthrie is on a junk list. This list consists of the bowlers who have leaked the most runs in a T20 game. During Game 23 of that 2021-22 Big Bash League, Melbourne Stars hitters took him to the dry cleaner.

In his four overs, the 24-year-old ran 70 races and chose two terrains. This is now the most expensive spell of BBL history. Previously, Ben Dwarshuis held the record for the most expensive spell in league history. It was against the same opposition last season, and he had conceded 61 runs in his full quota of four overs.

However, with this spell, Guthrie now joins Indian pacemaker Basil Thampi on the dreaded list of bowlers who have conceded more than 70 runs in a T20 game. While playing for Sunrisers Hyderabad, the Kerala pacemaker had conceded 70 runs against Royal Challengers Bangalore during the 11th edition of the Indian Premier League. However, these two are not the only pacemakers that have gone for 70 or more on a T20.

Melbourne Stars beat the Brisbane Heat by 20 runs

The other bowlers who have given 70 or more runs in the game’s shorter format are Kasun Rajitha (0/75 vs. Australia, 2019), Ben Sanderson (0/77 vs. Yorkshire, 2017) and Sarmad Anwar (0/81 vs. Lahore Lions, 2011). Thus, the Heat’s costly pacing spell propelled Maxwell’s team to a whopping 207 in the early innings of the game.

Despite being down to 16-3, half a century of Joe Clarke and Hilton Cartwright ensured the Stars are not facing collapse. The English goalkeeper-hitter in particular made sure all bad balls were punished. He then went on to score an impressive 85 out of just 44 deliveries. In response, the Peirson-led side lost its first two wickets quite early as well.

Even Lynnsanity couldn’t help them win the game. While Chris Lynn (57 of 34) and Ben Duckett (54 of 35) did their best, the total seemed too far out of reach. Therefore, BRH finished short of its goal by 20 runs. With three wickets in his four overs, Brody Couch was the All-Star bowler’s choice. Hence, the Melbourne-based franchise now ranks fourth on the points table.

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